Laws & Policies

ws are created by the Congress of the United States of America and establish the highest order of legal authority over national parks.

  • The 1916 "Organic Act" created the National Park Service and affect all areas managed by the National Park Service.
  • The 1975 enabling legislation of Canaveral National Seashore provides specific instructions and guidance on how this park must be managed.

Service-wide policies for the National Park Service are developed by the Office of Policy with public input and in accordance with applicable laws. Policies dictate many of the overall directions and procedures used by all parks.

Enabling Legislation

Public Law 93-626 93rd Congress, H. R. 5773

January 3, 1975
An Act

"Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in order to preserve and protect the outstanding natural, scenic, scientific, ecologic, and historic values of certain lands, shoreline, and waters of the State of Florida, and to provide for public outdoor recreation use and enjoyment of the same, there is hereby established the Canaveral National Seashore..."

Park Regulations

The Code of Federal Regulations 36 CFR parts 1-199 and the Park Compendium provide a complete listing of park rules and regulations. These most specific rules are developed with public input to implement applicable law.


As of February 22, 2010, federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in the park. "Federal Facilities" are defined as a "building or part thereof owned or leased by the Federal Government, where Federal employees are regularly present for the purpose of performing their official duties." This includes but is not limited to administrative buildings, visitor centers, and within walled forts including any open grounds therein.

Emergencies: Park visitors should call 911

General Park Regulations

  • Glass containers are not allowed
  • All litter must be removed from the Seashore and place in proper trash receptacles
  • Visitors must obey the park speed limits and all park regulations
  • Fireworks are not allowed within park boundaries
  • Pets are not allowed on the beach at Canaveral National Seashore
  • The use of Personal Watercraft (PWC) is prohibited by Federal Regulation
  • Fishing limits are based on applicable Florida State laws
  • Metal detectors are prohibited by Federal Regulation
  • All plant and animal species are protected within Canaveral National Seashore
  • When authorized, containerized fires are allowed only in designated areas
  • Drink responsibly and follow all state laws on alcohol consumption.

Superintendent's Compendium


SUPERINTENDENT'S COMPENDIUM of designations, closures, request requirements and other restrictions imposed under the discretionary authority of the Superintendent for Canaveral National Seashore.

In accordance with regulations and the delegated authority provided in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 1, Parts I through 7, authorize by Title 16, United States Code, Section 3, the following regulatory provisions are established for the property management, protection, government and public use of the portions of Canaveral National Seashore under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. Unless otherwise stated, these regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in 36 CFR, Chapter I.

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The purpose of this compendium is to provide a written document which provides the special designations, closures, public use limits, permit requirements and other restrictions imposed under the discretionary authority of the Superintendent. The preparation of a compendium is required under Section 1.7, T itle 54, Code of Federal Regulations and shall be made available to the public upon request. The compendium will be reviewed and updated annually to ensure adequate protection of the park' s resources, provide for public safety and enjoyment and to meet changes in recreational use patterns.

It is important to utilize this document in conjunction with Title 54 Code of Federal Regulations , since the compendium only addresses restrictions imposed under the discretionary authority of the Superintendent or regulations that authorize special designations, closures or use limits. The use of this compendium in conjunction with park brochures, maps, signs and other media will provide a clear understanding of
Canaveral National Seashore rules and regulations for both National Park Service employees and our visitors.

Justification for Restrictions, Closures and Public Use Limits are established by the Superintendent of Canaveral National Seashore , Pursuant To 16 U.S. Code, Section 3, And Title 36, U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7:


Section 1.5


1.5(a) The authorization of activities shall be construed and the protection, management, and administration of these areas shall be conducted in light of the high public value and integrity of the National Park System and shall not be exercised in derogation of the values and purposes for which these various areas have been established, except as may have been or shall be directly and specifically provided by congress.

1.5(a)1 The following areas are closed to all public entry, permitted camping, authorized special
events and specified interpretive programs, during the period indicated for the protection of park resources. Research personnel who have cooperative agreements with Canaveral National Seashore, may have access to those areas.

  1. The emergent and submerged lands, administered by the National Park Service, with Canaveral National Seashore, bounded by Apollo Beach parking lot #1 and entrance gate on the north, from the Apollo entrance gate south along the west shoreline of the barrier island, the mean low water line of the barrier island on the east, to the Seashore's southern boundary at Playalinda Beach, and are Closed from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (eastern standard time) and 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (daylight savings time).
  1. The area defined as Bill's Hill, -- Closed year round to public vehicular traffic where posted and closed from sunset to sunrise year round. Not ava ilable for horse use. The "Bill's Hill" area located in the city Oak Hill, FL is closed to horseback riding as there are no visitor facilities. These roads are closed to public vehicular traffic for the protection of natural resources and to provide a natural experience for visitors traveling
  • by non-motorized traffic, the General Management Plan (GMP) of 2015.
  1. The road commonly known as the Sand Road from Apollo Beach south of parking lot #5, south of the unpaved surface of roadway (sand road) to the north end of the Playalinda Beach paved road is closed year round to public motorized vehicular traffic and foot traffic. (Approximately 12 miles).
  1. Klondike Beach is defined as the area of Canaveral National Seashore bounded on the west by the dune line, on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south by a line running perpendicular to the dune line grid at marker number 73 and on the north by a line running perpendicuiar to the dune line at grid marker number 29. The Klondike Beach section of Canaveral National Seashore is designated as " backcountry"and is limited to 25 persons per day on the south end of the beach and 25 persons per day on the north end of the beach; daily permit required. The purpose of the limit is to: maintain the "backcountry" experience in these areas; public health and safety; and to protect the natural resources.
  1. Dune areas are closed except for administrative and protection purposes to all traffic including pedestrian, except to traffic on elevated boardwalks where they have been constructed. Dune areas are defined as the zone paralleling to open beach bounded by the easternmost extent of vegetation on the eastside and the eastern edge of the paved roads/parking areas or unpaved areas of the sand road on the west side. Dune areas have been closed to all foot and motorized traffic to preserve and protect the natural dune vegetation and formation.
  1. The emergent lands, within Canaveral National Seashore except those administered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service -- closed to all hunting and trapping activities. The waters of Mosquito Lagoon and adjacent water impoundments' , administered by the National Park Service within Canaveral National Seashore are closed to all public hunting and trapping, except waterfowl hunting within established seasons and according to applicable Federal and State regulations, and subject to security closures on lands owned by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and only in areas administered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

The legislation creating Canaveral National Seashore allows for the closure of portions of the seashore to public hunting and trapping for reasons of public safety (93-626).
Because of the intensive recreational use that occurs on the narrow barrier island portion of the Seashore and the small islands of Mosquito Lagoon, these areas are closed to public hunting and trapping as per consultation with the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. The area is closed to hunting except for administrative use and designated as USFWS waterfowl hunting areas.

  1. All parking areas and roadways associated with parking will be closed when they reach maximum capacity. Parking areas and roadways will reopen to incoming traffic when parking spaces become available. Parking areas and roadways are closed to incoming traffic when parking areas are full to protect persons and property within the parking areas and to protect park resources.
  1. Designated portions or all of the NASA-owned lands within Canaveral National Seashore are closed to all public access, at times, during checkout, launch and landing periods or during emergencies involving the safety and/or security or property and/or personnel at the request of the NASA. NASA shall close this area or any part thereof to the public when necessary for space operations and or defense programs of the Nation (PL93-626, H.R. 5773, Jan 3, 1975).
  1. The 25-acre area known as Seminole Rest whose boundaries are described in the quit claim and special warranty deeds conveying lots 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15 and a portion of lot 9 found in the assessor's subdivision of lot 3, Sec. 5, T 195, R35E in Oak Hill, Volusia County Florida is closed to all vehicles and activities, such as motor boat launching, bicycles, inline skating (or similar devices), and gathering fruit, except to pedestiian traffic restricted on the designated constructed pathway. Pets are allowed on the pathway and fishing is allowed from the dock. Closed from sunset to sunrise year round. These lands were authorized by Congress to be acquired "for the primary purpose of protecting and interpreting their archeological and historical resources" .
  1. Designated life guard protected beach areas are closed to water activities such as use of rigid floatation devices (i.e., surfing), SCUBA gear, and fishing, only swimming is permitted during the time that lifeguardsare present and on duty as indicated by signage: Designated lifeguarded beaches are located at Apollo Beach. Designated lifeguarded beaches are at Playalinda Beach. Specific areas are designated as swimming areas only from May thru September and all other activities (i.e., fishing, and surfing) are prohibited within the designated swimming area in accordance to 54 CFR.
  1. Personal Watercraft, as defined below, are prohibited on all waters under the legislative jurisdiction of Canaveral National Seashore (36CFR,3.24a). This excludes watercraft for emergency search and rescue missions for law enforcement operations carried out by National Park Service, U.S. Coast Guard, or other federal, state, or local jurisdiction. Personal watercraft refers to a vessel; usually less than 16 feet in length, which uses an inboard, internal combustion engine powering a water jet pump as its primary source of propulsion. The vessel is intended to be operated by a person or persons sitting, standing or kneeling on the vessel, rather than within the confines of the hull. Personal watercraft includes, but is not limited to vessels referred to as Jetskis, Sea­ doos, Waverunner, Wavejammer, Wetjet, Wetbike, and Surf jet. The use of airboats is also prohibited in all waters under the legislative jurisdiction of Canaveral National Seashore, with the exception of approved contractors for exotic plant eradication, St. John's River Water Management District, Volusia County Mosquito Control staff and
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for administrative use and access.

I. Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Canaveral National Seashore is prohibited.

Definition: The term "unmanned aircraft" means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links.) The term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g. model airplanes, quadcopters, and drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.

  1. Crab fishing along beach road, vistas, and Eddy Creek is prohibited due to methods used to attract crabs. This method also attracts alligators, causing safety and visitor use conflicts.
  1. Small sections of the lower dune and on the lagoon islands may be closed due to shorebird nesting.
  • During rocket launches at the adjacent KSC or within CCAFS, park vistas will be closed as will the beach ¼ mile south of parking area # l. Parking will only be allowed within parking lots and other approved parking spaces.

1.5(a)(l)(2) Vessels may not operate or anchor within 500 feet (160 yards) of the mean low tide on any part of Canaveral National Seashore's ocean shoreline. This closure applies to all vessels including but not limit d to, any type of boat, sailboat, seaplane, personal watercraft or any other type of motorized vessel. This is established to protect wading fishermen, surfers, and swimmers year round. This excludes non-motorized boats or in cases of emergency to protect life and property.

The NASA (NASA) does not permit motorized vessels landing or launching from any part of the beach, which includes Canaveral National Seashore.

l.S(a) (2) Visitors are prohibited from possessing glass containers on the beach, boardwalks and parking lots. Beach and boardwalks are bounded by the eastern edge of the paved roads
or unpaved areas of the Sand Road on the west side, to the eastern most boundary of the Seashore, extending the length of the Seashore.

Glass containers have been determined to be unsafe and detrimental to public health.
Section 1.6 Permits

Permits are required for the following activities:
    • Backcountry permit: § l.5(a)(l)
    • Backcountry camping permit: §2.l 0(a)
    • Commercial harvesting permit: §2.3
    • Horse or pack animal use: §2.16
    • Special events: §2.50
    • Public assemblies, meetings: §2.51
    • Sale or distribution of printed matter: §2.52
    • Commercial or business activities (CUA): §5.3

Harvesting within oyster leased submerged lands is restricted to leaseholder only.


Section 2.1 Preservation of natural, cultural and archeological resources

Driftwood is considered a hazard to navigation and may be collected from the beach east of the dune area (dune area previously described.) All archeological resources and cultural resources are protected by law, and may not be removed except by authority of the Superintendent.

2.l(c)(l) Amounts not to exceed one gallon/per person/per day of the following items that are not located within the dune area may be gathered for personal use or consumption: seagrapes, hickory nuts, prickly pear fruit, and unoccupied seashells taken from above the · waterline.

It has been determined that the gathering or consumption of these items will not adversely affect wildlife at Canaveral National Seashore, the reproductive potential of a plant species, or otherwise adversely affect the resources.

Section 2.10 Camping

2.l0(a)(l) Backcountry island camping is only permitted at designated areas within Volusia County. A permit is required. Fee includes $20/site/ night. No person, party or organization shall be permitted to camp for more than a total of 30 days in a calendar year. Backcountry camping is being permitted in accordance with the General Management Plan. This activity is being analyzed for impact upon the natural resources. Beach Camping is not permitted at Canaveral National Seashore.

Section 2.13 Fires

2.13(a)(1) Fires are permitted in grills or self-contained units designed for fires throughout the seashore or in designated areas at backcountry camping sites. Coal must be completely extinguished and removed from the beach. The park will implement and enforce fire bans set forth by the county during extreme drought conditions,. Propane and charcoal grills for cooking are allowed on the camping islands during this time.

Fires are restricted in use for the safety of the visitor and for the prevention of resource damage from uncontrolled visitor-lit fires and potential harm to nesting sea turtles.

Section 2.15 Pets

2.15(a)(l) Pets are prohibited from the boardwalks and the beach. In all othe r areas they must be on a leash and waste must be removed by the owners.

Pets were determined to be detrimental to public health and safety. Canaveral National Seashore allowed pets on the beach from 1975 until 1981. During this period, pets were allowed on a leash. In 1981 a total of 181 warnings were given for dogs running loose and a number of incidents were recorded concerning dog fights and dogs biting humans. Pets also interfere with native wildlife on the beach. Due to the confined space on a boardwalk, pets and leashes may impede the safe flow of foot traffic.

Section 2.16 Horses and Pack Animals

2.16(g)(l) A permit is required for the use of horses or pack anima ls and must be approved prior to the scheduled use date. Each horse MUST have a current Coggins certificate. The use of horses or pack animals is permitted only in designated areas of Apollo Beach beachside, by special use permit. Feces from horses or pack animals must be removed from the Seashore. Horses must not be allowed to consume vegetation. Horses must be walked across boardwalks unless a waiver has been obtained from the Superintendent for safety, insuranceor physically challenged reasons, to ride across the boardwalk. Commercial horseback or pack animal operations are not permitted within the park.

Horseback riding has been allowed since Canaveral National Seashore was created in 1975, and will continue unless it is detennined to be in conflict with other Seashore activities. Horseback riding on the beach is prohibite d from March 15 to December 15 due to sea turtle and shorebird nesting. Horseback riding is prohibited in the Playalinda district due to security concerns of NASA.

Section 2.2 Hunting

2.2(a) Waterfowl hunting is authorized within the boundaries of Canaveral National Seashore, only in designated areas administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (hunting areas previously described).

Section 2.21 Smoking

2.21 Smoking is prohibited within the interior portions of and within 15 feet of entrance to all buildings due to the presence of displays and the health effects on visitors and employees.

It has been determined that smoking poses a possible threat to sensitive display items including historical artifacts, photographs and fragile documents. Studies have also shown that ambient smoke poses a possible health hazard in closed areas.

Section 2.22 Property

2.22(a)(2) Visitors on authorized backcountry trips are permitted to leave vehicles unattended for the period specified on their camping permits. All sections of 2.22 apply.

Section 2.23 Recreational Fees

2.23 Fees are established as provided for in 36 CFR 71.2 and The Federal Land Recreation Enhancement Act, 16 USC 6801-6814. Collection of fees is suspended for the day on August 25th each year, and additional " Fee Free" days, approved by the Department of Interior and the National Park Service. When park closures are necessa ry for
ad minist rative or emergency needs and approved by the Supt., fees will be suspended until the park or the respective park district re-opens.

Section 2.50 Special Events

2.50(a)(4) Permits will be denied for activities that would adversely affect access to or operation of parking areas, restroom accommodations, or boardwalks.

2.50(a)(6) Permits will be denied for activities that would adversely affect access to the beach or water areas of the park. Limits are placed on the locationof special events due to the limited number of parking areas, limited points of access to the beach areas, and limited number of restrooms available in consideration of the varied user groups that frequent the beach areas.

Section 2.51 Public Assemblies, Meetings

  1. Sl(e) Areas available for first amendment activities include specific parking spaces designated within the parking lots as follows:
    • In Playalinda District: parking lo ts 1-5
    • In Apollo District: parking lots 1-2

The dunes, boardwalks or the seashore proper are not areas available for first amendment activities- (damage to park resources). The special park conditions are listed and located in page 13 and they are incorporated in the Special Use Permit required for this activity.

Section 2.52 Sale or Distribution of Printed Matter

2.52 The special park conditions are listed and located on page 13, which is part of the Special Use Permit for this activity.

Section 2.6 Sand Holes

2.6 Digging holes on the beach has been determined to be inherently dangerous. It is prohibited to dig a hole beyond Knee deep, or leaving it unattended. Holes must be filled in prior to leaving your visit.

Digging holes on the beach is dangerous due to the weight and instability of sand. When a collapse occurs, rescue operations are hindered because as sand is being removed to free the victim, the hole created continues to collapse upon itself, making a successful rescue very difficult and dangerous. As the tide changes, sand holes near the water's edge fill in and act like quick sand. In addition to the potential danger of suffocation, holes dug in the beach present a danger to lifeguards and Law Enforcement rangers patrolling the beach, biological technicians working at night in low-light conditions to protect sea turtle nests, as well as park visitors (especially small children) walking on the beach. Sand holes are also hazardous to wildlife and can trap nesting sea turtles and hatchlings.

Proactive measures. Park employees shall educate beachgoers regarding the potential dangers of digging holes on the beach in order to prevent a possible tragedy from occurring. Discuss the dangers of sand holes to sea turtles at Turtle Watch programs.


Section 3.21 Swimming and Bathing
    1. l(b) Swimming is pemutted within the boundaries of Canaveral National Seashore, except where closed by the posting of signs. The following are prohibited on lifeguard protected areas of the beach:
      • Use of rigid floatation devices (i.e., surfboards, 36CFR 3.22)
      • Scuba diving
      • Sporting events (except as authorized by Special Use Permit)
      • Fishing

Section 3.6


Boating and Water Use (prohibited operations)

Visitor launching of any type of vessel is prohibited along both sides of the park's entrance road, Beach Road, including the road shoulder areas expanded as Vistas.

Launching is not allowed because the waters on the southern side of the road, as you're heading east, are within the NASA Security buffer zone. Waters within the northern side of the road, as you're heading east, are managed by the U.S. F&WS and hunter access along Beach Road is prohibited in their hunting regulations. Vehicles left unattended alongside the road pose a safety hazard to park traffic, impact routine maintenance
operations , and are not in accordance with the desired aesthetics of this road as a Florida Scenic Highway.

Designated launch sites are identified as follows:
      • Apollo Beach paved boat ramp into Mosquito Lagoon
      • Apollo Beach dirt boat ramp at #5 into Mosquito Lagoon
      • Playalinda Beach boat ramp at Eddy Creek into Mosquito Lagoon
      • Apollo Beach dirt boat ramp north of the Boat ramp into Mosquito Lagoon (canoes and kayaks)
      • Apollo Beach dirt boat ramp at #6 and# 7 into Mosquito Lagoon (canoes & kayaks)


Section 4.21 Speed Limits

4.21(b) Unless otherwise designated, the speed limit of motorized vehicles traveling the road surface of Canaveral National Seashore will be a maximum of 35 miles per hour. The 35 mile per hour limit is selected as the maximum allowable safe limit due to a variety of factors, such as the lar ge number and frequency of visitor vehicle access points, parking along the roadway, blind curves, bicyclists use and unprotected water hazards along the roadway.

The speed limit is 15 miles per hour within all parking areas, other places of public assembly, and at emergency scenes.

Section 4.30 Bicycles

4.30(b) The beaches of Canaveral National Seashore are designated as a natural environment subzone, special use zone, and as such, the use of bicycles is permitted. It has been determined that the use of bicycles on the beaches of Canaveral National Seashore is not detrimental to the resources of the seashore and does not interfere with other visitor uses of the beach. Visitors must follow state law 316.2065, Chapter 316 Bicycle Regulations.

36 CFR § l.S(a) (2) E-Bikes

E-bikes are allowed where traditional bicycles are allowed. E-bikes are not allowed where traditional bicycles are prohibited, including wilderness areas. Except on park roads and other locations where use of motor vehicles by the public is allowed, operators may only use the power provided by the electric motor to assist pedal propulsion of an e­ bike. The intent of this policy is to allow e-bikes to be used for transportation and recreation in a similar manner to traditional bicycles.

Definition of E-bike

An e-bike is a two- or three-wheeled cycle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (I h.p.) that provides propulsion assistance. A Federal definition of " low speed electric bicycle" is included in the Consumer Product Safety Act.
Many States have adopted policies for regulating e-bikes consistent with this Federal definition, including in some cases a labeling requirement identifying an e-bike's compliance with the following classifications:

"Class I electric bicycle" shall mean an electric bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.

"Class 2 electric bicycle" shall mean an electric bicycle equipped with a motor that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle, and that is not capable of providing assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.

"C lass 3 electric bicycle" shall mean an electric bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of28 miles per hour.

Devices with electric motors of 750 watts (1 hp.) or more of power and not included as Class I, Class 2 or Class 3 in the classification system above should be managed as motor vehicles under 36 CFR part 4. Under 36 CFR 4.10, motor vehicles are allowed on park roads and on routes and areas designated for off-road motor vehicle use.

A person operating an e-bike is subject to the following sections of 36 CFR part 4 that apply to the use of traditional bicycles: sections 4.12, 4.13, 4.20, 4.21, 4.22, 4.23, and 4.30(h)(2)-(5).
Except as specified in this Compendium, the use of an e-bike within Canaveral National Seashore is governed by State law, which is adopted and made a part of this Compendium. Any violation of State law adopted by this paragraph is prohibited.


Areas Available for First Amendment activities:

Specific parking spaces designated within the parking lots as follows:
  • In Playalinda District: parking lots #1-5
  • In Apollo District: parking lots #1-2

Areas where first amendment activities are not authorized:

First Amendment activities are not authorized anywhere else in the Seashore including:

  • The dunes as defined in the Superintendent's Compendium - (damage to park resources.)
  • All National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) "restricted" areas - (security and public safety.) Specifically, camera pad 9 located between south parking areas 4 and 5; camera pad 10 next to south parking area 13; and the area between SR 402 and the relocated NASA railroad tracks, which is within the three mile shuttle blast zone.
  • The beach access roads and their 10 ft shoulders (including Al A and SR 402 within the park). Automobile accessible portions of all parking areas. The beach access boardwalks located at north parking areas 1 through 5 and south parking areas 1 through 13. (Safety and interference with visitor services).
  • Archeological sites - (damage to park resources.) This includes the shell middens at Seminole Rest, Turtle Mound, Castle Windy, and known burial sites whose locations are privileged.
  • Park interpretive and administrative structures and the I00 ft. area suiTounding them (safety and park function needs.) Specifically, in the southern part of Canaveral National Seashore, the fee station, ranger activities complex and the curatorial building. Also, the northern portion of Canaveral National Seashore, the fee station, ranger station, visitor center, and maintenance complex.

Other factors affecting the time, place and manner of First Amendment activities at the Canaveral National Seashore include:

Approximately 40,000 acres of Canaveral National Seashore are managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (generally the area north of State Highway 402, west of the road behind the ocean dune line, south of the Gomez-Grant line and west of State Highway 3) and activities in this area fall under theirmanagement prerogative.

Canaveral National Seashore is home to 14 endangered species whose existence and habitat has various degrees of protection under Public Law 93-205 .

Canaveral National Seashore contains over 100 historic/archeological sites including Native American grave-sites whose location and serenity are protected under Public Law 101-601.

Canaveral National Seashore contains seven (7)_o yster leases whose i..itilization is retained by the lease.

Persons are prohibited from engaging in activities to obstruct or impede pedestrians or vehicles, or harassing Canaveral National Seashore visitors with physical contact.

Canaveral National Seashore contains several administrative areas and facilities such as fee booths, ranger stations and maintenance areas where safety (hazardous materials and machinery), security, and management functions are underway.

Criteria outlined in CFR 36 2.51


In addition to the conditions found on the Special Use Permit, these Special Park Conditions are added as park specific guidelines.
  • The Permittee copy of the special use permit will be presented upon request during the stated activity.
  • The Permittee must be present at and during the stated activity.
  • Access to areas within the seashore is dependent upon the availability of authorized parking and camping sites.
  • Hour, location and date are stated on approved permit.
  • All trash generated must be disposed of in National Park Service trash receptacles or taken off site for disposal.
  • Loudspeakers, generators, and any other types of similar equipment will not be permitted.
  • No walking, standing or sitting on the dunes or vegetation thereof, no impeding traffic or blocking of boardwalks or parking areas. The beach and boardwalks must remain passable.
  • Portions of the Canaveral National Seashore may be closed due to weather.
  • Portions of the Canaveral National Seashore may be closed at the discretion of the Kennedy Space Center.

Last updated: December 13, 2019

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